What have I been up to lately?

Life sure does have a habit of hopping in the way of, well, life. At least that’s how it was for the first few months of this year. This life, however, is one I’m so excited about. I’ve been “growing a baby” since January and I can’t wait to meet him. While this little bundle of crazy kicks and internal snuggles is growing, I’ve also been doing some other fun things.

I’ve been working my regular job and continuing my grad school work slowly but surely.

Beyond that, I’ve been working my fun job! Editing! Earlier in the year, I edited Michele’s newest book Into The Fire. This book is so well-written – you can read my review on Amazon here. The last couple of months have been spent doing a cover-to-cover re-release edit of both of Michele G. Miller’s Prophecy of Tyalbrook books. Let me start out by saying that Never Let You Fall was my first introduction to Michele. I got it for free as a special deal when I got my Kindle and figured “Hey, why not?” Prior to this I really hadn’t read much indie work… then BAM! I met Skye and Xander, and then searched Michele’s author page on Facebook. The rest is really history… At this point, I’ve edited five of her books on some level.

Now I’m back at reading again and it’s wonderful.

For those of you who visit my blog regularly, you may have noticed there has been a significant face lift. I’ve edited my pages, added surveys for book review requests and editing service inquiries. I also added a glossary of the reviews I’ve posted to this blog. I’m liking it thus far.

 

What have you been up to? Are you reading anything interesting? Share below!

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Time For Books – 2015 Review Team

2015 Review TeamI can’t believe how quickly the year has come to a close, but here we are! It’s hard for me to believe that it will almost be a year since I first posted on this blog and, yet, I don’t feel like I’ve done enough. I’ve decided to sign up for this awesome challenge on Jo Michaels Blog challenge. The commitment levels are pretty intense, but I’ve decided to go with Starving! I read so much typically that this shouldn’t be an issue, and I think I’d like to see myself take this blog even further.

Commitment Levels:

SNACKER – 1-10 books
RUMBLING – 11-20 books
HUNGRY – 21-40 books
STARVING – 41-60 books
INSATIABLE – 60 or more books
To sign up for the challenge, click on the image above or follow this link. Reviews from all participants will be posts HERE, so check back frequently to see what everyone has been reading and reviewing.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 29/30 – The Future of My Blog/Wrap Up and Thanks

Day 29 and 30

#BookBlogWriMo Day 29 and 30

This month has flown by. It’s hard to believe that I jumped into this BookBlogWriMo challenge only posting a few posts a month, and here I posted almost every day! My blog has come a long way since January, but it still has so much further to go. Between my jobs and school, I know it will be difficult to keep this posting every day, but I do plan on posting more. The new year will hopefully bring new ideas and inspiration to keep on going. Reviewing has been pretty light as I’ve been adjusting to school and doing some intense editing, but I’ll be picking it back up soon.

I’m really proud of what I’ve come out with this year, and this month especially. I’ve gained around 200 new followers in the last few weeks – on Facebook, Twitter, and on this blog.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 29 and 30

I am thankful for all of my old followers and new followers. I don’t write this to have followers, I write it for me. The fact that so many of you are interested in what I have to say makes this even more fun.

I am thankful for every morning I wake up to see another day.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 28 – Book Pet Peeves and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 28 – Book Pet Peeves

Ugh, there are too many things that grind my gears when it comes to books. I tend to have a fairly short attention span when it comes to certain things. I also wrote a very long post to this, and then when I clicked “Publish” it all disappeared. So, here’s my Spark Notes version of my book pet peeves:

  • Terribly Editing – As an editor, it is very difficult for me to read a poorly edited book. I allow for a couple, but once I go beyond one hand’s worth.. onto the next book.
  • Poor Content – I don’t know about you, but I read a book for the story. If the plot is ill-developed or entirely too predictable, I just can’t get invested.
  • Sex For Sex’s Sake – Intimacy can be used as a great plot driver, however, throwing sex into a story because you can just really grinds my gears. If I wanted to read erotica, I could. This seems to happen most often in New Adult books; this rating doesn’t mean that a story needs to have detailed sex on every page.
  • Perpetuating Abusive Relationships – This is like saying, “Yes, little YA reader, it is okay for your significant other to grab you when you are trying to leave a room and end an argument. This is normal in relationships.”
  • Unrealistic/Rushed Endings – This is self-explanatory.
  • Super Angst – Sure, angst does a great job helping a story along and adding layers, but there is no need for angst every page you turn. This actually makes the story heavy and unreadable.
  • Pointless Cliffhangers – If the only point of a cliffhanger is to stretch the book into a sequel or a series, don’t do it! This is really frustrating to a reader. When you can easily make a story one book, do it. You gain respect and alleviate unnecessary frustration.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 28

I am thankful for my grandmother, Ma. I am so lucky to have grown up around such a wonderful woman.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 2 – How I Read and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 2 – How I Read

This is such a loaded topic – how do I read? At first I told myself I would only ever read paper books,but then I downloaded the Kindle app on my old phone after discovering 100 Free Books and was a lost cause. Free books at my finger tips? Shortly after this discovery, my husband, parents, and in-laws got my my Kindle Fire HD and, well, now I’d have to say I read a bit of everything. I still prefer to read a “real” book, but my Kindle houses all of my indie author review books.

During the day, my Kindle is set to absolute brightness – the mobi formatting is usually the tan background with the brown font color, typically set to something standard. At night, I turn down the brightness and change the formatting to the black background and white font – the perfect “pre-sleep” setting. As for paperbacks – well, they only come one way and that’s just fine with me.

I read on the way to work on the train, at lunch, on the way home, and before bed. If I’m really hooked on a book, I find extra time in between all those times to read. It’s hard to cut the addiction once it starts, after all.

I read quickly, unless I’m editing something.

I try not to buy books unless I absolutely need to. My TBR list is SO long, but I don’t have the funds to buy them all. I buy many of my paper books from the Used Book Superstore in Burlington, MA. I like to adopt books. 🙂

If I’m reading a “real” book, I sometimes use regular bookmarks, but I’ve been known to grab a post-it note or an index card to throw in as I work through the story. I don’t mark up my books, though I do a lot of highlighting and note taking in my Kindle. If a line makes me laugh out loud on the train, I know it’s a keeper. If I think something is poorly worded, I highly those, too.

I cringe at poor editing while reading, and there have been times when I can’t work my way through a story because the editing is so rough.

I have never listened to an Audiobook, though I think it would be so much fun to record one. (Authors, I’m lookin’ at you!)

How do you read?

how do you read

30 Days of Thanks – Day 2

Today I am thankful for the roof over my head. It’s snowing outside and I couldn’t be happier to be indoors and away from the cold. I’m fortunate to have a place to come back to every day and call home, a warm bed to sleep in, and a wonderful little family to keep me company.